Ljube Velevski who slaughtered his entire family is hunted by police only days after being freed


A quadruple killer who slaughtered his family is now being hunted by police just days after he was released from prison.  

Ljube Velevski was released from jail eight days ago after serving more than 20 years behind bars for the murder of his wife and three children in their home south of Wollongong. 

A police source said that a warrant has been issued for Velevski, who is wanted for allegedly failing to comply with his obligations under the Child Protection Register.

The register is responsible for monitoring offenders who commit sexual or violent offences against children. 

 An arrest warrant issued for Ljube Velevski (pictured), 57, only days after he was released from jail for brutally slaughtering his partner Snezana, six-year-old daughter Zaklina and newborn twins Daniel and Dijana in their Wollongong house in 1994

Veleski brutally slaughtered his partner Snezana, six-year-old daughter Zaklina and newborn twins Daniel and Dijana in their Wollongong house in 1994.

The 57-year-old was given a maximum sentence of 25 years behind bars – but walked free from Junee Correctional Centre last Friday.   

The Daily Telegraph understands police suspect Velevski has returned to the Illawarra, where he still has family.

Velevski had seven days from his release from jail to report to his closest police station to be entered onto the register.

His rights and responsibilities would have been explained to him by a specialist police officer.

The CPR legislation dictates a person placed on the register must provide a range of information to police, including any aliases and their address.

According to The Daily Telegraph, a police source confirmed Velevski (pictured) is wanted for allegedly failing to comply with his obligations under the Child Protection Register

According to The Daily Telegraph, a police source confirmed Velevski (pictured) is wanted for allegedly failing to comply with his obligations under the Child Protection Register

It also includes any employer details, any memberships to clubs or organisations that also allow child members, the registration of their vehicle, and all of their internet user names and email addresses.

The police source said it would be alleged Velevski had failed to report within the required time frame.

They stated: ‘He had seven days to report and today is day eight.’

Velevski claims his wife Snezana locked herself inside the bedroom and committed a murder-suicide

Velevski claims his wife Snezana locked herself inside the bedroom and committed a murder-suicide 

On June 20, 1994, police found the bodies of Velevski’s family with their throats cut open stacked on top of each other inside their home in Berkeley in the south of Wollongong.

The father initially told police he had not seen his family since the previous night and that his wife had taken their children into a room and locked the door.

Officers broke into the bedroom and found the bodies piled between a bed and cot.

Velevski denied murdering them, claiming he had been asleep in his daughter’s room for 17 hours straight prior to police finding their corpses.

He was found guilty after an eight-week trial in 1997 – with a court sentencing him to 25 years jail for four counts of murder.

Prosecutors believe he killed his family after his wife threatened to leave him.

On June 20, 1994, police found the bodies of Velevski's family with their throats cut open stacked on top of each other inside their home in Wollongong's southern suburbs

On June 20, 1994, police found the bodies of Velevski’s family with their throats cut open stacked on top of each other inside their home in Wollongong’s southern suburbs

One of the key elements of the trial was proving it was Velevski who killed his family rather than his wife.

Six forensic experts attended the crime scene, with three determining it was probable the father killed his family while two said it was his partner.

Mendo Josifovski, his wife’s brother, said the judge’s decision was ‘a joke’ and ‘too lenient’ after sentencing him to 19 years without parole.

Velevski attempted to overturn the conviction to the NSW Supreme Court in 1999 but it was dismissed.

‘The conviction should be quashed… the jury ought to have had a reasonable doubt as to the guilt of the accused,’ dissenting Justice David Kirby said at the time.

‘There is, in my belief, a significant possibility that an innocent person has been convicted.’

His wife Snezana (pictured) was brutally murdered by Velevski alongside her young children

Six-year-old Zaklina was also slaughtered by her murderer father at their Wollongong home in 1994

Wife Snezana (left) and six-year-old Zaklina (right) were brutally murdered by Velevski inside their Wollongong home in 1994

Newborn twins Daniel and Dijana also had their throats cut by their father -  with prosecutors arguing he committed the murders after his wife threatened to leave them

Newborn twins Daniel and Dijana also had their throats cut by their father –  with prosecutors arguing he committed the murders after his wife threatened to leave them

The court heard evidence that Snezana was suffering from postnatal depression and that her family had a history of mental issues, but her obstetrician said she was ‘exactly the opposite’ of that description.

The case was then appealed to the High Court where it was also dismissed. 

On Thursday, NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman said despite Velevski committing the ‘worst imaginable’ crime, he had served his time and there were no chances of an extended supervision order or a continued detention order.

NSW State Parole Authority declined his parole in May, 2016 because he had ‘not engaged in any programs to address his violent offending’.

His wife’s family were only informed by journalists that Velevski was set to walk free on Thursday.

They said they weren’t happy and had no idea where he may be living. 

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman said despite the nature of Velevski's past, he has undergone a high-risk offender assessment and is eligible to return to the public

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman said despite the nature of Velevski’s past, he has undergone a high-risk offender assessment and is eligible to return to the public

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